Viewpoint: "'Happy Lawyer': Not an Oxymoron"
I spent many years enduring the practice of law before I finally learned how to actually enjoy it. Here are some lessons learned over 30 years that might help other lawyers enjoy their practices, too.
Pace of Change: Are Law Schools Keeping Up?
Lawyers operate in an increasingly complex, fast-changing world, as do the educational institutions that prepare law students to become practicing attorneys. Are law schools keeping up?
SOS: Defendants' Right to Counsel
In Montejo, the U.S. Supreme Court ruptured long-settled law concerning interrogation of criminal defendants. The Wisconsin Supreme Court extended a lifeline to a defendant affected by the change but left unclear the durability of this means of legal recourse for future accused individuals.
New Law Eases Requirements: Navigable Waterway Permits
2011 Wisconsin Act 167 changes the DNR’s permitting authority and requirements for navigable waterway permits. Effective Sept. 1, 2012, the new law eases requirements for private entities seeking to fill navigable waterways by shortening timelines, removing public participation requirements, and creating presumptive approvals. The changes have significant implications for the state’s administration of the public trust doctrine.
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Supreme Court Digest
This column summarizes all decisions of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (except those involving lawyer or judicial discipline, which are digested elsewhere in the magazine). Profs. Daniel D. Blinka and Thomas J. Hammer invite comments and questions about the digests. They can be reached at Marquette University Law School, 1215 W. Michigan Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53233, (414) 288-7090.
Court of Appeals Digest
This column summarizes selected published opinions of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. Full-text decisions are available online at http://www.wisbar.org/wislawmag. Profs. Daniel D. Blinka and Thomas J. Hammer invite comments and questions about the digests. They can be reached at Marquette University Law School, 1215 W. Michigan Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53233, (414) 288-7090.
Form I-9: Verifying Employment Eligibility - Can I Go Too Far?
Wisconsin's "Personal Protection Act" establishes a licensure system for the concealed carry of weapons and sets guidelines for property owners, businesses, and employers that may interact with license holders. Here is an in-depth look at the law's provisions, how it applies in various property contexts, and practical ramifications and potential legal issues rising from the law's enactment.
The Gay Divorcée: When Same-Sex Marriages Dissolve in Wisconsin
Marriages and marriage-like relationships between same-sex individuals are becoming more common, but the widespread lack of legal sanction for same-sex marriage means that gay and lesbian individuals must act cautiously when separating their relationship bonds.
Profile: 'That Guy Is Me'
After decades of practicing law and being active in the State Bar of Wisconsin, Kevin Klein hasn't lost his enthusiasm for either, which will serve him well as the Bar's new president.